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Douglas RNLI lifeboat launched to assist yacht with failed engine

Douglas Tyne Class lifeboat, RNLB Sir William Hillary 47-032, was launched today (18 September) at 3.08pm when a yacht in difficulties called for assistance.

The small yacht with five people on board had been motoring back to Douglas when the engine failed as they were passing Laxey. With the weather, fog and rain, closing in and one of the crew suffering from sea sickness the skipper anchored the yacht just off Clay Head and called for assistance.

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